[Advaita-l] Is Ayyappa a Vedic god?
kumaraditya22 at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 16 07:04:34 EDT 2018
Perhaps, but my argument still holds because even Indian Christians practise caste system to some extent but generally speaking, there is no caste divide among the Christians. That is the narrative.
On Friday, 16 March, 2018, 2:59:24 PM IST, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:
There is a lot of literature on 'Caste in Buddhism'; here is one:
//Weber while concluding in his long monograph adds:
“Besides Buddha, the ancient Buddhism of India worshipped the gods, brahmanas and shramanas. It accepted the caste system and introduced it even itself. A Buddha could be either a pure kshatriya or a pure brahmana; however, a person belonging to a mixed or lower caste could never become an enlightened one, and by no means could a dalit become a Buddha.
The more we study the reality of the ancient Indian Buddhism we see that it is so extremely related to its contemporary co-religionists and so far from the thinking, working and feeling of modern Buddhists too. Religious people who are fighting against one and another today are nevertheless more related to one another than to their own strange ancestors.//
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